Teen Accused Of Involvement In Harlem Robbery Turned In By Mother

| by Jordan Smith

A 14-year-old accused of being involved in an Aug. 2 robbery in Harlem, New York, was arrested by police after they were contacted by his mother.

Officers charged the boy with a count of robbery Thursday for the incident, which was caught on CCTV.

The tip-off came just two days after police released the footage and asked for help in identifying the suspect.

The suspect is accused of approaching a 24-year-old woman from behind just after 2 a.m. on West 138th Street, according to CBS Local.

Police said the suspect wrapped his arms around the woman’s neck and dragged her to the ground, New York Daily News reported. The two fought for control of the woman’s purse, but she let it go when the suspect kicked her.

“I was sickened,” Harlem resident Wayne Edelman said of the incident at the time, CBS Local reported. “I was sickened. It could have been my wife — I have two young girls, not a pretty sight.”

The teenager allegedly made off with the woman’s purse, which contained her iPhone.

The victim was not injured, and New York Daily News reported that she refused medical treatment.

After investigators released the video, a relative of the 14-year-old reportedly recognized him. They contacted his mother, who passed the information on to the police.

CBS reported that, according to one resident, the area of Harlem where the assault occurred had been improving in terms of crime.

“There’s always mishaps from time to time, there’s really no getting around,” she added. “I think you need to be aware of your surroundings in New York City, period.”

The teenager’s identity has not been released due to his age. The case is likely to be heard in family court, New York Daily News reported.

Sources: New York Daily News, CBS Local, New York Daily News (2)/ Photo credit: New York Daily News